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Napa River Fishing Report

October 2022

The Napa River just keeps on producing!! The striper bite is rolling on strong for the bank and boat anglers. The Fall live bait bite with mudsuckers or bullheads is producing very well. Most of our hardcore river anglers are having a continued great bite on Stripers throughout the river. The boat anglers are throwing their favorite swimbaits and rattletraps in the levee breaks and sloughs.

Bank anglers using cut anchovies, sardines, or live bait are catching schoolie-size with keepers regularly in the mix.

Trolling and casting in the levee breaks and sloughs with Rattle Traps, LV500s, Spro Aruku Shads, Broken backs, and swimbaits are producing throughout the river. Spooning with 3oz-4oz jigs in the main river or deep levee breaks can also produce fish. The Lucky Craft LV 500 is a premium rattletrap type bait, that works better than everything out there, striper candy!! I have seen some reports of a topwater bite out there as well. Try Zara Spooks, or Pencil Poppers, and look for fish chasing bait.

Stop by Sweeney's Sports for all the latest gear and news before your next striper fishing trip on the river.

There is a Sturgeon bite in the south end of the river, numbers are not great but there is some action for those that want to try. There is King Salmon in the system right now. Try throwing heavy spinners like Mepps Flying C's up in town or the multiple levee breaks.

The salmon season will officially close on Oct 31st, so we still have a few more weeks. I am looking for pics to share in our report, so if you catch a nice fish send a story and pic to

Just remember that Napa River falls under the ocean regulation, so make sure your lures have barbless single hooks if you are targeting Salmon.

Alex and Austin fished the Napa river multiple times this month, watch the videos and learn what work for them and what didn't.

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